When Suffolk alumna Sue Liang was laid off from her job in corporate America, she interpreted it as a sign. Now is the time to pursue my passions.
Liang was constantly encouraging those around her to eat more vegetables and live a balanced, nutritional life. Her mother had instilled this love of food in her—but that wasn’t all.
Liang’s mother had been abandoned in the 1950s following the Chinese Civil War, without access to education or basic means. Then in her 40s, she found Liang on the street alone, her biological parents having left her because she was a girl. From that moment on, she treated Liang as her own daughter—a constant reminder to Liang of how fortunate she is.
“I am committed to helping girls around the world who are not as fortunate as I am,” Liang said in a statement, introducing her plans to do just that.
Liang launched Asulia, a speciality food company based in Boston. Asulia made its debut on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo last week with a line of handcrafted, nutrient-dense vegan wheat dumplings in three different flavors: chickpea, kale and taro root. Each are packed with only 44 calories, and a healthy dose of vitamins and fiber masked as rich flavor.
Five percent of Asulia’s profits are donated to Room to Read, an organization that strives to improve literacy and gender equality in education by working in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa.
“Education is so powerful, because it really can break cycles of poverty in just one generation,” said Liang in Asulia’s Indiegogo video.
As many as 113 and 200 million girls are missing worldwide, having tragically become victims of gendercide or human trafficking.
“My mother and I are among the fortunate few that didn’t end up a statistic,” Liang said in a statement. “Luckily, education can address these issues and more. … When girls are educated, economies grow, communities prosper and poverty declines. It’s a triple win.”
Liang is looking to raise $39,000. The money will go toward packaging, which is printed using wind power, as well as freezer storage, increasing insurance coverage so Asulia dumplings can start being sold in stores and the company’s first YouthTrade show registration fee.
Dumplings are sold in boxes of eight, and come par-cooked and frozen. After being tossed in an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, however, consumers have a tasty lunch, dinner or appetizer.
For a closer look at Asulia and to hear from Liang herself, check out the video below.